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Taking Grandma

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Taking Grandma

Has anyone got advice about taking an 88 year old, fairly healthy grandma to Australia? Is there an age limit or a tourist visa?

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1. Re: Taking Grandma

I don't believe there's an age limit for a tourist visa, but you will almost certainly have difficulty getting travel insurance coverage for grandma.

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Grandma should have no trouble getting insurance to cover the usual things like theft but as YF points out, health care may be an issue. Fortunately Australia has a reciprocal health care agreement with the UK so Grandma would be entitled to the same free emergency health care as any Australian. Naturally this does not extend to private visits to a GP.

Even if she is in reasonable health, you may want to arrange special assistance (a wheelchair) at airports. It can be a long walk to gate lounges especially if you are dragging carry on luggage.

It's probably a good idea to limit your activities and allow for a rest day every 3 or 4 days. An apartment may suit her more than a hotel room. While all people are different, if my aged mother is any yardstick then Grandma will want her privacy at night so don't make her share a room.

Staying in the one spot for as long as possible would be better than rushing to and from airports, packing,unpacking and changing hotels every day or two. Even if she is in good health she will tire a lot more easily than you.

Plan your days to have a break in the middle of the day. Not necessarily a nap at the hotel but a long lunch or a relaxed picnic in a park.

It's a wonderful thing you are doing for your Grandma. She's a lucky lady to have such a caring Granddaughter.

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3. Re: Taking Grandma

There is no age limit for Brits coming to Australia ... I actually found an article relating to this today...

telegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-advice/1020247…

There are some interesting tips there also specific to Brits touring Australia ... but do double check any info here because some of their tips are wrong.

Edited: 12 October 2013, 23:52
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